First Impressions of The Virginian-Pilot’s New Online Format

First impressions can be lasting, or fleeting. I don’t know which it will be with my first imipression of The Pilot’s new online design, but overall I like it.

It is visually handsome and easy to navigate, reminiscent of the old Virginian-Pilot of my youth, in the sense of being discreetly formal.

I won’t miss the Comments feature. My very first post there more than 10 years ago was greeted with unsavory howls, and the onslaught of irrational opprobrium never let up. Good riddance.

I notice the secondary material that now foots a letter to the editor appears to be endlessly long. I tried scrolling to the very last entry, finding a mixture of sponsored content and Pilot stories all the way down. My patience gave out before the interminable list did. I suspect the entire Internet may be lurking in the unexplored reaches, a miracle of the new design.

I do miss the Editorial Cartoon at the top of the Commentary page. Perhaps it will return, or perhaps it will continue only as a special feature of the print edition.

No matter. On the whole The Pilot has done itself proud. The editors have restored a sense of quality which can justify self-respect.

6 thoughts on “First Impressions of The Virginian-Pilot’s New Online Format

  1. First impression: The design strikes me as light and airy. I would make a joke about it being reflective of the content, but there have been some good stories today—most recently, a piece about another failed murder prosecution in Norfolk.

    I had a hard time finding the link to the Opinion page (where I used to spend most of my time) on my phone this morning; it is easier to navigate on a desktop. On the plus side: They deleted “pilotonline.com” from below the masthead, which always struck me as unsightly.

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      1. On the top of the Home Page, under the masthead, there are 5 link boxes highlighted in blue (on the desktop version…I don’t own a smartphone or tablet). They are, in order (in case the print is too small to read on a phone): NEW WEBSITE FEEDBACK, NEWS, SPORTS, BUSINESS, ENTERTAINMENT and OPINION.

        I hope that is helpful.

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  2. I went to the feedback page at VP and commented that I, and many others, would like them to put the Toons back in. This is the reply I got from Erica Smith.

    “Thanks for your feedback! We’re working on getting the editorial cartoons back online.”

    So patience, all. IT seems like they do want to get it there.

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    1. UPDATE: There is now a link to click on the OPINION page for today’s cartoon. However, when I clicked on it, the Ramirez toon never loaded. I guess they are still working on it. But it’s a start.

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